I don’t spend a whole lot of time playing pool and I haven’t tried Squash, but after my visit to P.A’s new Squash & Billiards Club I might start. Locally owned and operated by the infamous Candy Travers, P.A Squash & Billiards is more than meets the eye. I first met Candy when she worked at the Blue Marlin Inn ( The Arli ), welcoming and knowledgable beyond drinks. She always remembered who I was and indulged my curiousness with new fun drinks or shots to try! I was a little sad when I heard she wasn’t working at the Blue Marlin and now that I know why I am not so sad.
Last Thursday after a lovely birthday dinner for Curtis, family and friends took me to “Candy’s”, as they like to call it. It is located on 3rd Avenue across from the BMO. I had never noticed it was there, maybe it was that the sign is rather small compared to the size of the building. Inside it is a newly renovated, beautiful open area with 10 pool tables, a foosball table and the bar. Of corse the bar is stocked and served by Candy herself. There are also three different viewing windows looking down onto the squash courts and downstairs is a fully equipped 24 hour gym. Immediately feeling an at home atmosphere is always refreshing, With a cozy corner fire-place and couch how could you not feel at home!
First things first. I wanted to play a round of pool, as I mentioned before I don’t play pool… often. I thought I knew how to at least hold cue stick but, apparently not. Shortly after my sister in-law began playing, Candy came over how to show us how professionals do it. I am super thankful she did or my defeat would have been even more embarrassing. A fun-filled night of foosball, pool and Marijuana Milkshake shots, has got me thinking of trying my hand at Squash.
Overall I think this is my new go to spot in Port Alberni, especially because Candy never says no to a little dancing too! I strongly urge anyone with the interest to go check it out, leave a comment below and tell us about your experience! For more information visit their facebook page or website.
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